Dr. Ben Carson bluntly confronted CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota over media bias on Friday when she pressed him to clarify his comments suggesting the U.S. would be “Cuba” if Fox News didn’t exist.
“I really don’t know what you’re talking about,” Camerota said. “Fox News came to dominance in 2001. You think before 2001 the U.S. was a communist country?”
Feeling the anchor was already taking his words out of context, Carson suggested she unknowingly made his point about media bias.
Carson replied sharply, “That’s not what I said, but that’s what you guys love to do.”
When Camerota began interrupting him, Carson cut her off and told her to “listen” so he could explain the meaning of his remarks.
“What I am saying is that the general mainstream media all seems to move in a secular progressive direction,” Carson said. “You know, they would like to create a narrative that certain things are good and certain things are bad according to the way that they see them. And by being able to be the bully pulpit so to speak…you can get a lot of people to start thinking the way that you do.”
But then Fox News came along and offered an “alternative” viewpoint, Carson said.
“If we didn’t have that counterbalance — I wish we didn’t need that counterbalance,” he added. “The media is supposed to be neutral and they’re supposed to be on the side of the people…but because they have become very partisan and very ideological, you need to have a counterbalance.”